Matt Large

Sculpture Studio

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

I was fortunate enough to be commissioned by Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the nation’s largest law school, to create a life-sized bronze portrait of Justice Thomas M. Cooley to be placed in all of their campuses and a portrait of a homeless man for their Grand Rapids, Michigan campus. The final bronze figures were installed the summer of 2012. It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with a great bunch of people. If you know me, you know that I LOVE to create portraits and Justice Cooley has such an interesting back story and such an interesting face! I’m so happy to have my work on display in my hometown for all to see.

I want to thank everyone involved with this great commission. First and foremost, I’d like to thank my beautiful wife, Kim, for initiating contact with Marjie Gell, professor at Cooley Law School. If not for Kim, this wouldn’t have happened. I mentioned Marjie Gell. She was the idea person that sparked this project.  Along with Heather Garretson, President Don LeDuc, Jim Robb, Nelson Miller, Layne Maloney, and a host of others, this wonderful tribute really came to fruition.

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